Today in the Morning Rumble, an Illinois point guard is out for the season, coach John Calipari talks recruiting, Roosevelt Jones hits a sweet trick shot and Stefan Moody is in trouble off the court.
First, we start with big news out of the Big Ten as Illinois point guard Tracy Abrams has suffered his second straight season ending injury in 10 months. Abrams, who averaged 10.7 points per game back in 2013-14, tore his Achilles during an offseason workout after recently returning from a torn ACL suffered before last season.
It's a brutal loss for the Illini, who will have to find point guard production and leadership from either Jaylon Tate or D.J. Williams. John Groce's squad still returns Kendrick Nunn and Malcolm Hill but they already have to replace their leading scorer at 16.5 points per game, Rayvonte Rice.
Coach John Calipari continues to take his media rounds as he spoke with Seth Greenburg and Andy Katz of ESPN on Tuesday. Calipari talked about next year's (2016) recruiting class and how the Wildcats group of players has the potential to be the best group of high schoolers he has ever brought onto a college team.
First they have to land them though.
Kentucky has offered Harry Giles, Josh Jackson, Dennis Smith Jr., Malik Monk and Kobi Simmons and all five are projected top ten prospects.
Fun Big East offseason trick shots? Roosevelt Jones has you covered as he hit a no-look, over-the-head half court shot. The best part: His SportsCenter theme song.
Ole Miss' most talented returning player Stefan Moody was arrested early Saturday morning on DUI charges. The 5'10" Florida native averaged 16.6 points per game last season and carried the Rebels to a comeback victory in their First Four match-up against BYU. If they have any shot at reaching the tournament again, Moody has to be on the court. First, he must limit his distractions off it.
According to SNY's Adam Zagoria, Dennis Smith Jr., Jayson Tatum and Harry Giles (three of the best players in the 2016 class) have talked about playing as a package. Obviously Smith and Giles would have to decide to talent their talents to Durham because Tatum committed to Duke after his semifinal game at the Peach Jam. It's possible though as Coach K and the Blue Devils are beating Kentucky at their own recruiting game.
Justice Winslow was drafted by the Miami Heat, 10th overall, in the first round of the 2015 NBA Draft. Jameis Winston was selected by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers with the first overall selection in the 2015 NFL Draft. Now they are hanging out in the Sunshine state.
These are two hard workers with immense pro potential. Let's just hope they develop, improve and stay out of trouble off the field (*Cough Jameis Cough*).